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The name Midkiff is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in Yorkshire, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages. The name is of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin, deriving from two possible sources. Firstly, such Old English terms as mete-corn, meaning "corn for food," and mete-cu, meaning "cow that is to furnish food," make it conceivable that the name Midkiff is derived from an Old English word "mete-calf," meaning "a calf being fattened up for slaughtering." In this instance, the name would have been originally borne by a calf farmer. Alternatively, the name may come from Middleton Calf Top, a settlement on "The Calf," a hill located at the western boundary of Yorkshire; an early inhabitant of this settlement was known as Medecalf.

Midkiff Early Origins



The surname Midkiff was first found in Yorkshire, where the first bearer of the name was said to be William Medecalf de Dent, who lived in Middleton Calf Top during the 12th century when the boundaries of the new counties of Westmorland, Cumberland, and Yorkshire West Riding were formed. The name also appeared on the census rolls where one of the earliest known bearers, Adam Medecalf, appeared in these rolls in 1301. There seems to be a historical relationships with the Turnbulls that goes back at least 500 years. In most cases the surnames were seen side by side as seen in the humorous quote: "Mr. Metcalf ran off on the meeting of a cow, With pale Mr. Turnbull behind him" [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

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Midkiff Spelling Variations


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Midkiff Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Midkiff are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Midkiff include: Metcalfe, Medcalfe, Metcalf, Medcalf, Midkiff and many more.

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Midkiff Early History


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Midkiff Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Midkiff research. Another 257 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1556, 1717, 1785, 1810, 1843, and 1846 are included under the topic Early Midkiff History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Midkiff Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Midkiff Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the family at this time include Sir Christopher Metcalfe (c.1556), High Sheriff of Yorkshire, who met the Judges of Assize in York on horseback with 300 mounted men of his own name and kindred, John Metcalf (1717-1810), known as Blind Jack of Knaresborough, a blind British...

Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Midkiff Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Midkiff In Ireland


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Midkiff In Ireland



Some of the Midkiff family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 160 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Midkiff or a variant listed above:

Midkiff Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Henry F. Midkiff, aged 33, who landed in America, in 1919
  • Jean Ruth Midkiff, aged 9, who emigrated to the United States, in 1923
  • Karl Midkiff, aged 11, who settled in America, in 1923
  • Anna Hawkins Midkiff, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1923
  • Harold M. Midkiff, aged 6, who settled in America, in 1923

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Contemporary Notables of the name Midkiff (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Midkiff (post 1700)



  • Adam Midkiff, American actor
  • Marcia Midkiff, American screenwriter
  • Richard James "Dick" Midkiff (1914-1956), American former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Ezra Millington Midkiff (1882-1957), American Major League Baseball third baseman
  • Dale Alan Midkiff (b. 1959), American stage and screen actor
  • Violet Midkiff, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 1996; Presidential Elector for West Virginia, 1996
  • David E. Midkiff, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1996 (alternate), 2008

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Citations


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  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  2. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  5. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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The Midkiff Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Midkiff Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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